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National Women’s Register … … is an International Organisation of women’s discussion groups with members in Great Britain, Europe, Africa and in Australia. Each group provides its members with opportunities to participate in stimulating discussions on a wide range of topics from the serious to light-hearted and non-domestic points of view. The aims are to focus on a nominated subject through personal research and communal activities so that a better understanding and intimate knowledge can be gained and shared. Speakers who are experts in their particular field of endeavour are also invited to attend and address the meetings. The regular meetings give members opportunities to share their ideas, concepts and opinions in an atmosphere of friendship in a non-threatening environment to stimulate self-image, self-esteem and confidence. The Foundation Group was formed in Britain in 1960 under the name of “National Housewives Register” by a young housewife named Maureen Nicol in 1961. It readily flourished and was later renamed “National Women’s Register”. It was brought here in 1975 as National Housewives’ Register and a number of informal groups were started in Australia. Prior to 1981 there were several groups in Australia without any formal ties. When Anne Burns emigrated from Scotland to Sydney she organised a group at Ryde during June 1982 which was called Women in Touch (WIT) based on the UK “National Housewives Register”. The Ryde group quickly expanded into four separate groups in northern Sydney. An interview on ABC radio’s 2BL (now 702) “City Extra” programme with Margaret Throsby swelled these groups to eight in eighteen months. At the same time groups started in other states and by the end of 1983 there were seventeen groups. Publicity on television and radio, together with an article in “Parent and Child” magazine in 1985, consolidated these groups to fourteen in Sydney with others springing up in many parts of NSW. During the 1980’s the NSW Board of Adult Education granted WIT funds which were used to establish a management committee, organise annual conferences and publish newsletters. The organisation no longer receives any grant. The annual newsletter is now an e-newsletter, publicity and administration costs are entirely funded by member’s subscriptions. The annual conference is self-funded. The organisation continued to prosper and in 1992 the name was changed to “National Women’s Register” (NWR). This brought the Australian membership in line with the international organisation of NWR. On 9 March 1993 National Women’s Register in Australia became incorporated and registered as National Women’s Register Incorporated. Today, members in many countries continue to connect women who are interested in everything and talk about anything. Lively discussions and sharing of ideas encourages their search for knowledge and a better understanding of how to enrich and improve their lives, while meeting other women and making new friends.

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THE HILLS GROUP    2018 REPORT  JANUARY  After our planning meeting for our 21 members we had decided on a good mix of topics and  speakers for the year. As our group is organising this year’s conference, time was also devoted to  this challenge, resulting in a 6 person committee and a chosen venue.  FEBRUARY  We had fits of laughter with the topic ‘Would I lie to you?’ One person tells a story and the others  have to decide whether it is true or not by listening carefully and asking the right questions. It turns  out we have some very convincing liars in our group and we also learned some interesting truths  about our members’ lives. We had no idea what a colourful life some have led and probably still  lead. All in all an evening we will not forget in a hurry. Next month we go back to the serious stuff!!  MARCH  A ‘thinking’ evening where we had each chosen 1 or 2 of 7 philosophical questions to consider and  comment on. For example, if you could teach everyone in the world ONE concept, what concept  would have the biggest impact on humanity? Also, if doing something good for others makes us feel  good, can there ever be such a thing as pure altruism? And, where does your self‐worth come from?  This latter question provoked much discussion on self‐esteem and resilience, with some believing  you can be born with it while others agreed that it was learned. Social media certainly tests this  quality.  APRIL  We had invited Bev Jordan, a journalist, to interview Danni Kinder, who had also agreed to come to  our meeting. Danni’s 12 year old daughter Billie had died 2 years ago in a horse riding accident.  Danni gave us a very moving account of what she went through and how she was desperate to do  something positive. Billie had often talked about writing a book and to fulfil this dream her family  read through the poems and narratives Billie had written and created a book they called ‘Hope’. It is  all Billie’s own work and through the sale of this book they are supporting various charities, both in  Australia and abroad. They truly made something positive out of a negative situation. A story of  despair but also of hope.  MAY  May saw us researching an event that happened on or about our birthday, not necessarily in our  birth year. There were a variety of events from the beheading of Catherine Howard, 5th wife of Henry  8th in 1542, to the birth of Elvis Presley, the fall of the Berlin wall, and the hoisting of the Hungarian  flag after the Russians had left. All together an interesting and informative evening.    JUNE   In June the exciting night we had with a wonderful programme of Crazy Whist was a great success  for members. The clever organisation required was excellent. Members were carefully seated in  small groups of four, with members partnering with someone for two exercises, and changing  partners before the next segment. A well printed programme with topics and instructions was  available to every player, and knowledge of the card values issued was most important. Ability to  shuffle and deal cards improved as each exercise occurred, and members had fun scoring their  results .For people who do  not play card games very often , this was an interesting activity that we  suggest you might also experience. (Thanks Lorraine for this report)         

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    JULY  Our guest speaker, Jayne is an accredited yoga teacher, taking classes for teens, adults and seniors.  She enlightened us on the benefits of yoga—how the exercises can help with blood pressure, stress  and balance for instance. Yoga is, however, more than just postures. It includes principles for good  living, nutrition, breath work and meditation to enhance our health and well being, with the first  principle being ‘do no harm to yourself’.  With limited floor space some members were able to try out simple movements while the rest of us  experimented from our chairs with Jayne’s calm voice guiding us.  Jayne completed her presentation by leading us through a breathing and relaxation exercise, which  was very pleasant.  AUGUST  Due to Sue’s expertise in organising a night of trivia questions, we all enjoyed the challenge of being  crowned the brightest and best team.  Five teams of three battled it out with a few debates on the  correctness of answers creating quite a bit of noise—every point and half point counts! A prize for  the winning team and of course something for the last team. A great night.  For the remainder of the year we’ll have a book/movie review night, a discussion on what makes our  blood boil, an undecided topic for November and of course our Christmas dinner in December, this  year to be held at one member’s home instead of in a hall.  BEP KLEIBERG AND MICHELE MIDDENDORP, JOINT LO’s FOR THE HILLS. 

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Illawarra Evening Group January to September 2018

January – Our ladies met for our usual January Planning Day, including a nice lunch, down at North Wollongong beach. It was productive in catch-up conversation and topics for our 2018 NWR year. One major change in our agenda was to meet for a daytime, weekend catch-up during the winter months of June, July and August. Due to illness and the number of changes in our night meetings during winter in the past couple of years, we all welcomed this change.

February – We started our meetings with a Games Night trying out a new brand of “individual” Scrabble. We were all “winners” I think. Was good to be back into our NWR meetings. Of course, we didn’t cheat… no, not really. You might say we came up with some very interesting words, some a bit risqué, which we tried to prove as correct by searching the most upto-date dictionary or internet possibility. Lots of fun, finished off with a cup of coffee and nibbles.

March – TV/NEWSPAPERS: full of bad news to attract. How can we change attitudes towards good news in the media? There certainly was a consensus that the media via TV news and the newspapers, and social media invasion on our mobiles and internet are no longer interested in presenting a true picture of global or national events any more. The focus is on being the most effective or dramatic to gain viewers / readers. The good news week no longer exists as good deeds, unless very emotive, are not reported and if they are the media manipulates a way to gain an “advantage” by finding a contentious issue. The worst example we spoke of is the way a few magazines put outright lies about celebrities on the cover, manipulate photos etc. to get the buyer in. When you read the article, it is totally different. Ill-gotten gains in revenue. It’s nearly all fake and even the President of the most powerful country in the world knows too well how to manipulate the truth to suit any day.

April – The Dual Citizenship of Politics… How many of us would be able to enlist to become an Australian politician under the current Constitutional regulation that one must denounce his/her country of birth before entering election? Not too many of us, considering that electorate representatives into politics must be totally aware of how far back their ancestral connection, if any, to another country, takes them. We came to a very quick conclusion that none of us were too upset that our politicians may have a heritage belonging to another country through parents, grandparents. The criminal check is the most important no matter what country of origin, then policies. I go back to a First Fleeter, so I would have no chance (apart from the fact that my Dad was born in Yorkshire). All of us were from ancestors from across the seas or born in another country, as Anne was born in Norway. At least one of our parents were born in England or elsewhere. Needless to say… none of us wanted to go into the game of politics

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May – Spiegeltent at IPAC – Yes, we were back there again this year, for the last session. This time the theme was LIMBO. Our “meeting” was Sunday, 6th May, at the tent! We met early to enjoy a glass of wine, coffee or whatever we desired before entering the world of Spiegeltent entertainment. WOW. It was certainly breathtaking!

Kind of gave us a burning desire to crunch on big cubes of ice.

Look Mum… almost no hands ! Look Mum… no nose !

From the dizzy heights of swaying trapezes, balancing tricks by many, to the dance floor with a beat that made our hearts thump and our feet tap… overwhelming fun! LET THE PHOTOS TELL THE STORY. Just one word described the night under the amazing, ornate ceiling of the Spiegeltent…

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June – We were happy that the decision had been made and we didn’t need to go out the door when it was so cold, to meet at night. The events together during the daytime, including lunch or a bite to eat and a cuppa were “warming”. That’s what we did. Not all of us could go to each event but this is what transpired.

The Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries – Sydney Art Gallery These six, most unique tapestries were created around 1500. Not much is known about their early years and after being lost for a long time, the were rediscovered eventually in the Chateau de Boussac, a small castle in Creuse, central France. The tapestries were in poor condition and had been abandoned and rolled into a corner, to become a home to rats and nasties. Since then the tapestries have been restored several times, latest being 2012/13. The interpretation is the mystery of the richly costumed lady depicted on each tapestry surrounded by flowers, lion and unicorn. Each tapestry rises to the ceiling of the art gallery and individually takes on visual, sensory meanings of: My Sole Desire, Smell, Touch, Taste, Hearing and Sight. They won’t come to Australia again.

After having lunch at the Art Gallery, we went back for more, lining up to see the Archibald Portraits. There are some wonderfully talented people in our country. While we didn’t agree with the chosen winner, we were happy to see the Packing Room choice, Jimmy Barnes. So many wonderful depictions of celebrities and every- day people. We also took a peek at the Sulman Prize finalists for 2018.

What a great day we had before we hopped back on the train and headed back to Wollongong.

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July – The CARTIER Exhibition – National Gallery of Australia,


Off we went to Canberra, 4 of our ladies were lucky enough to see this exhibition, on 2 separate days, (one went with her husband) and 3 of us met there on a cold and wintery July day but a very long walk from our chosen carpark warmed us up and we sat at an outdoor café and enjoyed a hot cup of coffee and sandwich before disappearing into the Gallery for 2 or more hours as we said “ooh” and “aah” in chorus with the many others, at the sparkles in front of us. The opulence of eras gone by across the globe taking in the English Royals, the Indian Maharajas, the Asian dynasties, American celebrities and the jewels that Africa, Asia and all continents gave up from its earth. Stunningly beautiful was each precious stone and the creations designed from them. While they sparkle and attract we must remember that each precious stone made a start in the depths of the earth, requiring people to search diligently to find them, along with the gold and silver that surrounds them. Very much like finding the best in the human side of life, from what appears to be unattractive in the beginning, there stands a “gem”.

What a wonderful, unique and yielding “bauble” we live on. Respect is due.

Our own Dame Nelly Melba mixed with the Royals and celebrities world-wide and enjoyed many pieces of bespoke jewellery.

Cartier’s exhibition shows the glittering international clientele over many decades, including royalty, aristocrats, socialites and stars of the stage, cinema and music. Highlights include Dame Nellie Melba’s diamond brooches, necklaces, the Queen’s “Halo” tiara, worn by Kate Middleton when she married Prince William, Daisy Fellowes’ Tutti-Fruitti Hindu necklace. It also showcases Barbara Hutton’s imperial jadeite necklace, Princess Grace of Monaco’s 10.48 carat diamond engagement ring, Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond and ruby necklace given by Mike Todd (also doubles as a tiara). Page 7


August – Catch up lunch… yes we can… no, we can’t We tried very hard to fit in a catch-up lunch at Kiama or somewhere with a lovely view or outlook, just to bring all of us together for end of winter thaw out. Alas, with the onset of strong winds, family commitments etc. we didn’t get to do it. So … let’s spring on into September!

September – Politically Incorrect and Sexually Harassing TV shows, skits and movies of past decades… such a contrast to the current MeToo Movement and anti-harassment sentiment. What has changed? Our night meeting was held at Jamberoo and this time our trip there was uneventful. So often when we are meeting at Christine’s lovely home at Jamberoo, the weather is very unkind and blowing a gale. It was quite cold but the home was warm and friendly as usual. We had a great time discussing the many issues of our topic and everything in between. Do you remember these shows? What do you think?

What about… NO.96, The Box, Graham Kennedy Show, Paul Hogan Show, Fast Forward, Full Frontal, The Aunty Jack Show, Kath & Kim… PC not, sexism to the max. Why were these liked and long term?

Many enjoyed these funny, naughty shows back then, while admitting that sometimes they were very sexist and depicted low moral codes. We also understood they were meant to be harmless fun...knew the boundaries in real life. Watch them or choose not to! Some shows today on TV are quite offensive because they are “in your face” with deliberate, humiliating content. Others… PC is over the top. Frightened to look someone in the eye? Feeling manipulated and confused because of misinterpretation or deliberate false depiction? While criminal offences must be dealt with, the reporting of misbehaviour or assault may be becoming an opportunity to take revenge or “dip” into the “pot” of someone’s bank account. Page 8


Coming up for our group… October:

Movie night indoors … Victoria and Abdul. Nice! Popcorn too? Can’t roll the Jaffas down the steps though! Anne doesn’t let us muck up too much! Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria's golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favour with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity. (Extract from internet site, brief outline of the movie)


Everything Scotland… a night of haggis and shortbread? Maybe not haggis. Holiday photos, tall tales of Loch Ness Monsters and creatures of the moors, stories of amazing visits to the Outer Hebrides perhaps and an accent that raises our eyebrows.

Love Scotland!

December: CHRISTMAS DINNER – Farewell to NWR 2018 – coming up all to quickly

Hoping 2019 will be very good to all our NWR members and that we will keep the NWR fires burning. Bev Shaw LO Illawarra Evening Group –

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Illawarra Day Group Report, October 2018

We settled easily into 2018 after a great conference and knowing it would be at least four years before we had to do it again!! Thank you everyone for your support.

It was a busy start to the year with a few of our members travelling overseas, some even going twice. Our first meeting in January was a poetry day, when we read some of our favourites plus some of the poems Ralph Scrivens, our bush poet, entertained us with at the conference. Heather brought along “A Book for Kids” by C J Dennis and wrote us a poem for the day based on some of those poems: NWR I’d like to be a member of N W R, Calling out “Good Morning, all”, arriving in the car, Meeting all together – coming from near and far, Preparing and organising our thoughts on “blah! Blah! Blah! Speaking in turn and ending in three minutes – “hurrah!” I wouldn’t belong to NWR if……….. I couldn’t have a lau…….gh! Would you? February’s topic was “Something beginning with…..” and we had chosen a letter at our previous meeting. We submitted “The Letter L” to the newsletter, hope you enjoy it. Our March meeting “Loneliness – how can we overcome it?” Became a bit emotional, as a few of us are now living on our own for the first time in years and others remembered childhood experiences. Other topic included: What constitutes in appropriate behaviour in males/females? What needs to be done about obesity in Australia? Grumpy Old Women – What irritates you about today’s society? We had a great excursion to the E G Waterhouse Camelia Gardens in September. We began with a wonderful morning tea in The Tea House (highly recommended!!), and then enjoyed a stroll around the gardens and duck ponds at our leisure. We finished out day with lunch at Hazelhurst and a walk through the exhibition. Coming up, we have a guest speaker talking on community gardens in our area; Has Political Correctness gone too far? And of course, we’ll finish our year with our Christmas Party at Lynne Savage’s complete with bonbons, trivia and Secret Santa. Hope everyone had a successful 2018 and NWR becomes even stronger in 2019. Trish Copeland Local Organiser, Illawarra Day Group. Page 10


Eastern Suburbs Group We have an active membership of 29 members, including 2 new members who we welcomed during the year. Apart from our monthly meetings or outings we have participated in some enjoyable walks organised by Patricia and several members team up to visit Diane each Saturday morning which usually includes coffee at a local coffee shop. Our February planning meeting went very smoothly. This year members were asked to email their ideas & suggestions in advance of the meeting. These were all listed on a whiteboard along with some last minute ideas. Each idea was outlined briefly before we voted for our preferred topics & outings. That left us plenty of time for supper & catching up with each other after the summer break. It was a sad start to our March meeting when we set aside some time to reflect on the passing of our dear friend Pam McCarthy. Inga read a beautiful poem which encapsulated Pam's personality. Our group donated to the Jane McGrath Foundation in lieu of flowers. Our guest speaker was Matt Brown, a most impressive young man who studied digital engineering at UNSW. He talked to us about the many applications he has been involved in developing, from cochlear hearing, to transposing music, to rapid, sequenced still photography. We left feeling there will be a lot more to come from the talented Mr Brown! The Department of Fair Trading was the source for our guest speaker at our April meeting. We took advantage of their willingness to address community groups on various issues. Our topic was ‘How to be Scam Savvy’. Many of us knew bits and pieces about this topic but we were amazed at the variety, number & costs to the community of these scams. The best part was receiving tips & advice on how to deal with suspected scammers including how to be vigilant when using the internet. We felt empowered to challenge, check, say no, hang up & delete -whichever applies In May, Inga facilitated a fun night of chat for those who could make the meeting. Members brought a topic which was added to a hat for an impromptu talk. Each person spoke for 2 minutes on the topic they took from the hat. It was an interesting night with some very light hearted, funny topics to more serious ones. Book Club is always a popular meeting for us in June, although for the second year in a row we had to brave the elements to attend. It was a cosy night once indoors and the variety of books reviewed had us all mentally adding titles to our reading list. Every book reviewed promoted discussion, curiosity or nostalgia among those present. The Australian Museum was the chosen venue for an outing in July in lieu of a night meeting. We focused on the 200 Treasures section of the museum. The Treasures were specially selected by museum staff for their significance in the history of the museum. Artefacts ranged from the amusing to the eye catching and unique. We were very lucky to have a staff member explain some of the exhibits to us.

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Following the museum visit we had a special lunch at Jenny Blennerhasset's home in Randwick. Her home was destined for the wrecking ball as part of the Prince of Wales Hospital expansion, so this was a farewell occasion. Everyone enjoyed the food and company on a beautiful winter day and admired a painting of the house done by our very talented member Monique. Quite a few members gathered for a different outing in August to the Mounted Police Barracks in Redfern. It was an excellent outing with our guide taking us through the history and current practices of the service. We observed police in training and Colleen brought enough carrots for us all to feed the very well behaved horses.

Back to an evening meeting in September where our guest speaker talked to the group about Advanced Directives. Speaker Anne Miller covered topics including planning ahead, the person responsible, enduring guardianship and advanced care directives. She also provided resources including a fact sheet, a spokesperson sheet which looks at the qualities a person needs to be able to speak on your behalf & a useful resource sheet with appropriate phone numbers and web links. Twenty people attended and most felt that the evening had been useful in clarifying the issues and in prompting them to approach the topic with family. Following the success of a dinner last year at Lisa's home we chose October to do the same again at Brenda's home. 18 ladies combined their culinary skills to produce a delightful banquet for all to enjoy. There was a lot of chat and laughter which reinforced that the social side of NWR is an important aspect not to be overlooked. Coming up in November we will venture to Nutcote, the former home of author May Gibbs. We are hoping for a lovely day so we can enjoy the ferry trip there & the gardens surrounding the home. Christmas Dinner will conclude another interesting year for us. My travels have meant I have missed quite a few meetings this year but I feel blessed to have had such a great team of ladies who have stepped in to ensure all the meetings ran smoothly. Kate Strachan joint LO

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BRISBANE WEST NWR We are having a great year of meetings.  We have only seven members now.   Our  dear  Marie  was  running  herself  ragged  with  all  her  activities  and  family  responsibilities, so she had to give up some of them, and sadly NWR was on that  list.  The rest of us are getting to know each other better and better as time goes  by.   We  keep  in  touch  with  the  Sunshine  Coast  NWR  and  have  an  annual  get‐ together, this year at Kilcoy.  It was a fun day by the sound of it.  (Sadly I had to  miss it due to being in hospital unexpectedly.)   Our topics this year have been:  Show  and  tell….something  unusual  ‐  there  really  were  some  unusual  things  shown  and  told  about.    There  was  a  cast  of  a  Devonian  fish  fossil  from  Canowindra , a bark tapa cloth from New Guinea, a 1926 leather bound edition  of  Shakespeare,  and  a  compass  and  mileage  calculator  from  a  1945  German  POW pilot.  Unusual  words  and  their  usage  –  a  bit  of  a  riot  really  as  we  managed  to  ‘defenestrate’ one of our unlucky members.  Luckily the window was open!  (Just  kidding).  You may want to try using some of our new words:  liberosis, ellipsism,  barratry, ruth, abecedarian and bloviator.  Heartfelt moments in history – We talked about the death of Archimedes (killed  by a soldier in 212BC while pondering a mathematical problem), Fred Hollows  whose motto was “Look after each other”, some unusual reactions by animals  in San Diego on Sept 11, 2001, Black Saturday fatal bush fires in Victoria on 7  February 2009, the sinking of the Royal British Fleet in the Scilly Isles in about  1707 when up to 2000 sailors were drowned, Rhodesia (I will say no more), and  my first sight of my first grandchild, 2 hours old.  I was besotted already.   The person who most inspires/d me, and why – This was interesting.  We are  mostly inspired by people we know, rather than famous people.  I remember when….. – Kids had manners (!), Bette starred in Neighbours (in a  wedding photo on the wall), decimal currency was introduced here, followed by  metric  measurements.    Now  we  are  waiting  for  them  to  decimalize  time! 

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Meeting Aussie  NWR  members  in  Brisbane  and  on  the  sunshine  Coast  and  attending the UK Golden Anniversary of NWR, Yvonne’s first trip to New Guinea,  and 1963 when a lot of happy and  sad things happened in my life and in the  world.  The best book I have ever read, and why – some of these were unexpected.  An  old  Oxford  dictionary,  Dickens  for  social  commentary  and  Judy  Nunn  “Sanctuary”  about  refugees,  James  Michener  “The  Source”  had  a  profound  effect on Yvonne as an 18 year‐old, ”A Course in Miracles” is read by Anna every  day, and she would not be without it, James Michener (again) “Hawaii” about its  take‐over by the USA, and Georgette Heyer “The Grand Sophy”, the book I go  back to time and time again when I am under stress.  Funny or interesting place names – there are lots of interesting place names in  the UK, from Ham to Sandwich, and some very bawdy places in between, not to  forget  Dorking  and  Tiddlywink.  Tasmania  has  Breakmeneck  Hill  and  Nowhere  Else.  Qld has Banana and Bang Bang.  There are countless places named after  royalty, particularly British royalty especially in the former colonies.  The future – this topic was wide open (the way we like them).  Discussion ranged  from  comparing  “The  Jetsons”  to  our  world  today,  to  ways  of  predicting  the  future.    Along  the  way  we  covered  current  or  looming  catastrophes  and  the  dangers to all mankind in new technology, and cremation (ashes are now being  turned into diamonds).  As someone said of a piece of jewelry: Instead of saying  “This was my mother’s”, she would say “This is my mother!”.  I spoke about how  I  would  like  the  future  to  be,  and  how  I  can  influence  that  outcome.    Great  diversity of thinking.  Our meeting at the end of September will be about the best thing we ever did,  and why.   At the October meeting we will discuss what we would like to have  from the past, which is now not available. For our Christmas break‐up, we will  have jokes, charades, funny hats, Secret Santa, lots of yummy food, maybe some  Christmas cheer, and we are each invited to tell a Christmas story – real or made  up.  And we will all have a very good time!  Rose Ellwood 

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SUNSHINE COAST NWR MORNING GROUP 24th JANUARY 2018  Our topic 'The Future is Female ' is quite a provocative slogan. It breaks into the status quo in many ways, scattering loyalties to our much loved men-folk.  Many however agreed it would be favourable to have more of a female input into the power-house of males so as to create a more inclusive society and a better male, a world in which we are linked, not ranked, as Gloria  Steinem brilliantly explained.  The selection of Michelle Simmons as Australian of the Year 2018 is a perfect example. 28th FEBRUARY 2018   The controversial topic of "Euthanasia". was well researched by our members and a lively discussion was held.  We reached no definite conclusions as it's such a divisive topic but I think that one article from a mother who has a child  with a  disease which at this time has no cure was worth taking on board.  She said and I quote,  "Unless you go through it and see the suffering I don't think you can have an opinion". I think we all went home with lots to think about. đ&#x;’‰ âš° 28th MARCH 2018 The vexed problem of refugees coming to Australia was discussed focussing on what we felt and whether Australia could cope with similar numbers arriving as is happening in Europe. There were different opinions on whether refugees arriving by boat were “legalâ€? or “illegalâ€?. We concluded with exchanging ideas on how to improve how well refugees here integrate into the community. Page 15


2nd MAY 2018 As our usual meeting date for April fell on Anzac Day we decided to have two meetings in May. At this meeting we had a royal celebration of the imminent wedding of Prince Harry with Meghan Markle. We dressed for the occasion with fascinator or a crown but before we tucked into our roast chicken and vegetables “breakfast� we had a lively chat about Meghan and the attributes she brings to the royal family who by the same token has been accommodating to this seismic shift in royal marriages. We felt that as a high profile couple and without the responsibility of being the future King, they will do good things together to help make a difference to the causes they can support. Together with William and Kate the royal family is in good hands to stay modern, flexible and relevant.


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Please raise your glasses to Meghan and Harry, their union seeming to complete the circle, bringing strength to the Royal family’s role in the future. Our admiration for the Queen, our love for Princess Diana  continues when welcoming the lovely Meghan into the family. We can now look forward to a more inclusive society.   To Harry and  Meghan đ&#x;‘‘đ&#x;Ľ‚đ&#x;‘‘

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We decided to make the “extra” May meeting one of fun and games, electing this year to play “Celebrity Head” and also Charades. We each thought of a movie or book title and acted out the title, remembering not to speak! This proved so much fun that we decided to incorporate charades at our June meeting when we met up with some ladies from the Brisbane West NWR group.

JUNE 27th 2018

One of our members has a cabin in Kilcoy where she and her family enjoy weekends away and short stays. Kilcoy is conveniently located just over an hour’s drive from both the coast and the Brisbane West NWR ladies so we invited them to join us. It is a small country town and on a clear day offers views across to Somerset Dam. However that was not to be for us as it rained all day and the nearby landscape was shrouded in mist! This picture captures the wetness of the day.

However the rain did not dampen our spirits. We arrived in time to set up for morning tea and to welcome our visitors. We enjoyed catching up on news over a cuppa and there was much laughter over shared stories. It was then time to act out our charades. Once a few ladies had had

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a turn and we got to know what all the symbols mean everyone participated and we all enjoyed guessing the answer which inevitably resulted in more shared stories relevant to the answer.

Here we are all together before we went to the Exchange Hotel for an excellent pub lunch.

Our JULY MEETING had to be cancelled due to members being unwell but we were recovered for our next meeting.

AUGUST 29th 2018

The topic for the August NWR meeting was The War on Waste and what we can do to cut down on what might end up in the ocean or landfill.

A lively discussion was held with everyone contributing helpful tips. We learnt that in the Sunshine Coast area plastic with recycle logo numbers up to 6 can be put into the yellow lidded recycle bin. Anything else is not suitable. Glass bottles and jars are permissible but not crockery, paper and cardboard but not shredded paper. If in doubt don’t recycle it. We discovered that the Council has drop off points for batteries, old mobile phones and computers. We were all appalled at the rubbish washing up onto shore from the ocean and the impact on sea life and bird life. As a result we are now conscious of the need to reduce the use of plastics including glad wrap, straws and takeaway drink containers and we can do our bit by doing this in our own homes. An enjoyable morning and I think we all left with a determined zeal to do what we can to minimise this monumental problem.

In the remaining 3 months of this year we will discuss alcohol consumption đ&#x;Ľ‚ , coal and uranium mining (should we have nuclear power?) ⚥ and Josephine Wilson’s book, “Extinctionsâ€?. đ&#x;“– Robyn Tait LO 2018

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The rain gods have frowned upon us

On Wednesday 27 June, our two groups came together for our annual get-together. Eleven members from the Sunshine Coast and four from Brisbane West were to rendezvous at 10.30am at an address in Kilcoy, a small country town chosen for its convenience as a mid-point between both groups. Unfortunately, one member from each group had to miss the event due to illness. The Sunshine Coast Group had hoped to arrive before the from Brisbane West in order to prepare for the morning’s visitors activities, but, as it happened, we all arrived in Kilcoy at about the same time. After months of beautiful sunny days, the weather gods turned against us and the day turned out to be cold, wet, and windy. However, nothing could dampen the spirits of such a lively group of NWR stalwarts.

The first order of business was morning tea, which was provided by the Sunshine Coast ladies, and on such a chilly day, hot tea and coffee and a most delicious range of home cooked treats were highly appreciated by all. After morning tea, it was time for charades. Most of us had never played before – or had forgotten how – so we had a quick lesson from Anna from Brisbane West Group. She instructed us in the meaning of the hand signals and without further ado, we were off and running - with some hilarious results. Most of the film and book titles were cracked in no time at all – we are just such a clever group of lateral thinkers! About an hour and a half later, having by now re-found our appetites, we all took to the road and after a short drive arrived at the Exchange Hotel where we had a mass booking for lunch. After a most delicious meal combined with lots of lively conversation, we all went our separate ways until next year. Once again, it was a wonderful day out and a great way of bonding with our fellow NWR members. No doubt, all concerned will be looking forward to next year’s “reunion” and another chance to meet old friends and, perhaps, make some new ones. Yvonne Fraser BRISBANE WEST GROUP

Anna gives us the low-down on how to play charades.

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NWR CONFERENCE, OCTOBER, 2017  LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE    There was movement in Kiama for the word had got around  That the National Women’s Register was here.  They had organised a conference up on the old showground.  Everyone had gathered round to hear.    It started with a Stand up, Martin Henshen was his name.  He had some trivia questions for us all.  You know just how competitive the ladies play this game,  They like to win regardless of the haul.    And the tucker that they fed us was a wonder to behold.  We could eat until it ran out both our ears.  With the tea and coffee lastin’ and never runnin’ cold,  Our mouths so full we couldn’t raise a cheer.    Then the Annual General Meeting. It went off rather well.  We seem to have it’s runnin’ quite down pat.  I won’t go into detail, I don’t kiss and tell.  We got through it so I’ll just say that was that.    Annemarie with laughter yoga had us breathing deep and low,  Until our heads went dizzy, in a spin,  But the benefit it did us was really good to know.  So we persevered and did it with a grin.    Our bush poet was a marvel, he could keep us all enthralled.  He could take us back to days beyond our ken.  Days of wide open spaces and where the wild bush called.  And everyone will tell you – men were men.    We finished off our conference with an organized event.  And everyone joined in to make it fun.  So if you’ve had a laugh and enjoyed our merriment,  Then Goodbye, Farewell, Amen, our work is done.    Apologies to Banjo. 

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HEARTFELT MOMENTS IN HISTORY      As you all know, I lived in what was Rhodesia. We moved there from Kenya in 1958, so we saw and  experienced the whole metamorphosis from colonial rule to self‐rule. When we moved there we  were delighted by how well‐developed the country was compared to Kenya which was nowhere  near as self‐sufficient.  Rhodesia had only been settled by Europeans from 1890, so what we saw when we arrived had  happened over less than 70 years. The country had very good mineral resources: gold, coal and iron  ore. The mining industry was fully developed with all the satellite offshoots such as a modern steel  works, good railways with excellent workshops which manufactured steam engines, coaches and  track. There were canning factories producing baked beans, corned beef, tinned fruit and, best of all,  tinned ham, which far surpassed any I have found elsewhere.  Farming was extremely productive with Rhodesia being known as the bread basket of southern  Africa: the commercial farms also grew cotton with the textile industry even exporting fabric and  clothing; the country was self‐sufficient in the production of wheat; there was also surplus citrus; the  tobacco industry was world‐renowned with a huge export market. With such a diversity of industry  you no doubt understand that the unemployment rate was very low. Every child of whatever colour  had access to schooling from pre‐school to university. Teachers mostly came from within the  community, and were trained inside the country. Every town had a good hospital with plenty of  doctors and nurses, many trained and qualified within the country. We had a good stable economy  and when sanctions were applied we were virtually self‐sufficient with the exception of fuel.  The races kept to themselves without the indignity of apartheid. And there was very little unrest,  very little crime. Yes, the country was run by Europeans; yes, the big businesses were managed by  Europeans; yes, commercial farming was in the hands of white people – and very efficient and well‐ run too, providing a good living for virtually the whole population. However, there were indigenous  people who had developed businesses of their own too e.g. the bus companies were owned and run  by local people; many of the shops were owned and operated by local people; there were cottage  industries, repair workshops and entrepreneurs everywhere that were doing well without the help  of whites. Granted, these were fledgling operations, but they were growing all the time.  So why then was there a problem? Greed and envy!  This is what I understand: two world powers had their eyes on this wealthy, well‐developed nation –  Russia and China. They both wanted access to those minerals – that iron ore, chrome, and, of  course, the gold and diamonds. When you have a semi‐educated people, it is easy to tell them that  the companies and businesses should not be run by white people. It is easy to stir them up. Easy to  get them thinking that all that industry and those commercial farms should belong to them! Nobody  stops to say – if the white man had not come here, there would be no railways, no paved roads, or  skyscrapers with multinational companies competing to buy the high‐quality products.  We all know the history – the British government started divesting itself of its colonies. Ian Smith,  who was Prime Minister, said, “They are not ready to rule themselves! Let us continue showing them  the way, and they will gradually understand why the way we do it works so well.” That did not suit  the British government, or the rest of the world, who saw us whites as slave owners, driving the  workers with whips and brutal punishments, as in days of old.  Eventually the sanctions and the  pressure from outside, and the development of the bush war, wore us down. As you all know, in  1980, Rhodesia was handed over to Robert Mugabe and became Zimbabwe. Many whites left.  Others decided to stay and help keep the new country on track. There was no reason why sharing  power and encouraging the local people to learn how to manage the affairs of state and business  would not work. That’s what we thought and we were prepared to help in the transition period.  Page 22


But it did not work because that’s not something that can be hurried. I suppose it was natural that  the local people were impatient to be at the top of the ladder, and not climb up gradually, learning  all the steps along the way. Those at the top were forced to step back and give their managerial  positions to eager young Africans who knew nothing about running a business. The ‘old’ manager  had to stay on, but move into the background, continue running the show, but give the credit to the  ‘new’ manager. This was hard to take, the emigration process speeded up.  Let’s go back to what I said about Russia and China and their ambitions regarding the mineral  resources. We all knew that there were two separate factions fighting the guerrilla war on our  borders: ZANU and ZAPU. One was led by Joshua Nkomo, the Matabele leader whose support and  training came from Russia. The others were supplied and trained by China. Although they both had  the same aim – to take over the country – they were mortal enemies. With independence both  armies marched into the country, ZAPU to the south, around the Bulawayo area, and ZANU moved  into the north. There now began a battle for who would run the country, and this was decided by  Russia and China, not by the people! The south of the country was suddenly overrun by indigenous  troops wearing red berets, they were Mugabe’s men, Korean trained. They set about systematically  wiping out the little isolated Matabele villages in the bush, burning the huts, killing the people and  animals, far from the prying eyes of the world press and journalists. Those who survived ran away  and hid. Nkomo was helpless, his troops were scattered, having gone back to their tribal homes. We,  who lived in the south, in Matabeleland, saw it all and wept for the people. Never had they received  such treatment at the hands of the white rulers. It made us allies with them. It was us whites, and  Nkomo, and the Matabele tribe, against Mugabe and the Shona tribe.  And you know the rest. Greed ruled. We have all heard that “power corrupts” and it was dreadful to  have to sit by and watch as Mugabe took over everything. The mines were taken over and nepotism  meant that Mugabe’s cronies had access to the gold and diamonds. They found ways to help  themselves so that very little benefitted the country. The iron ore was no longer made into steel and  used in manufacturing, it was exported direct to China. This was in payment for the debts incurred  during the fighting of the bush war.  Then he started on the farmers. He enlisted the ‘war vets’ who would intimidate the farm labour,  then surround the farm house and attack it – with mortars. Other times they would wait for the  farmer to go into town for supplies, then set fire to the house, maim the horses and cattle, by  cutting their fetlocks – this means they can no longer walk. They’d poke out the dog’s eyes and steal  the chickens. This sort of intimidation invariably resulted in the farmer moving into town, or, leaving  the country. The farm would then be taken over by the government and given to the top brass –  chief of police, magistrates, judges and buddies who knew nothing of how to farm the commercial  crops. Sadly, they did not keep on the farm labour, who knew how to run that particular farm, those  knowledgeable guys were tossed out, with nowhere to go, and the farm was allowed to revert to  bush. Consequently, there were no longer any commercial crops to feed the nation, and the country  had to import grain. When they could not afford to import, the people quite simply starved until the  international aid agencies sent food aid.  Undeniably it was a wonderful country, with a happy population, who really wanted for nothing. But  it was brought to its knees by greed and corruption. The story of Africa. Every single country, one  after another, has followed this path. It is indeed a tragedy, and I weep for what was lost and what  could have been.  Carole Aveley  BRISBANE WEST GROUP   

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LIVING ON THE EDGE    Life wasn’t meant to be easy  Or even bright and breezy.  For many, it’s dark and sleazy  And sometimes, downright queasy.    They say life’s only an acid test  Where you must do your very best.  But you can’t even hide in a cosy nest,  Or strive to recover with eager zest.    You’re really stronger than you think.  Please, take a step back from that brink.  You won’t solve it with a drink,  Perhaps, not even with a “shrink”.    Just remember it’s not a race  So try to choose a slower pace  Go, find that special place  And attack it, face to face.    I wish you sweet dreams tonight  When you will see some light.  Tomorrow, you’ll start to fight  And everything will turn out right!    What’s that? You’re struggling down there in a hole?  It’s awfully dark and you’ve lost control?  You tried to conquer it with heart and soul?  But you find it’s taking too much of a toll?    Please take my hand, I’m here for you!  I have a plan that we’ll work through.  It’s quite simple and very easy to do.  Together, lets contact LIFELINE, HEADSPACE or BEYOND BLUE.        Bette Howard  BRISBANE WEST GROUP      I wrote this poem the night Sydney TV presenter, Charlotte Dawson, took her own life due to  depression.   I dedicate it to the many unknown thousands of men, women and children who suffer in silence. 

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THE FUTURE  There are so many ways to look at or into the future. To give you some ideas, I consulted both my  old, well‐worn 1975 Oxford Dictionary, and my 1972 Roget’s Thesaurus.   Many years ago, Denise, a young Kiwi moved in next door. Soon, either she or I, adopted her as part  of the Howard family. Regularly we had sessions of reading her tea leaves and ate her freshly baked  fruit cake or sponge cakes. Ideas and lots of laughter flowed as I made predictions for her future life.  Reading her palms as a CHIRO‐MANCER was not my thing. Only tea leaves brought on lots of  laughter plus a few good cuppas. She never took me seriously and still doesn’t, 30 years later.  According to no. 511 in the Thesaurus, you can predict, prognosticate, prophesy, vaticinate, divine,  soothsay, foretell, bode or forebode, augurate, portend, fore‐shadow, herald or osculate, to name a  few. I always just let my imagination run wild in fun. You could use PEGO‐MANCY. This looks at  waters in fountains. Perhaps it’s easier to use salt – ALPHIT‐O‐MANCY. SID‐ERO‐MANCY uses smoke  from a fire, and if the fire goes out, you can use the ashes to predict with CAT‐OPTRO‐MANCY.  Next time you are making a batch of scones, right there, in your very own kitchen, take a small piece  of dough and know your future with RHAB‐DO‐MANCY.  There are quite a number of predictions I’d prefer not to use e.g. HIERO‐MANCY uses the entrails of  a human sacrifice; HIER‐OS‐COPY uses the entrails of an animal sacrifice. BIBLO‐MANCY needs ghosts  present and PSYCHO‐MANCY needs spirits. CAPNO‐MANCY needs mice; and PYRO‐MANCY is using a  RED‐HOT IRON!  Now, I must admit my sporting prowess reaches an all‐time low in archery. I’ve never hit the  bullseye as I usually totally miss the target. Perhaps, if there was a real live BULL in the paddock, I  would accidentally hit it right in the eye and need my fastest running shoes to outrun a raging BULL.  Evidently, CLERO‐MANCY is not for me.  I like the idea of OPHIO‐MANCY, using herbs, and HALO‐MANCY is just throwing DICE. I could  certainly do that!! Here’s a couple of really good ones anyone can do: AN‐THROP‐OS‐COPY relates to  modes of laughing, and we all know how good laughing is for everyone. Let’s all have a good one  NOW!! TEPH‐RA‐MANCY refers to your dreams. Oh, if only I could remember them when I wake up  the next morning!! Perhaps YOU have no problems with this.  Is anyone talented or blessed with a mathematical mind? It’s DACT‐LO‐MANCY for you, with the love  of numbers. Perhaps one of you has a hidden talent as a VENTRILOQUIST? Who uses her talent –  GELOS‐COPY.  Wow! Here’s one I would really enjoy! GASTRO‐MANCY! Sounds perfect for me! Wait a minute, it  starts with GASTRO. Does it mean partaking of fabulous GASTRO‐NOMIC delights? Cakes, flans,  pizzas, roast dinners, puddings, ice cream? Or does GASTRO mean rushing to the toilet after eating  all of the above? As I read further down the page, I note it actually means “walking around in  circles.” Yes!! GASTRO‐MANCY suits me perfectly. I use it every day – especially when I’m going  around in circles trying to find my mobile phone, my Ipad, my car keys, my diary, or the bill I must  pay today!!  Now I’m GASTROMANCING right back to the start. I’ve decided to stick with my all‐time favourite –  reading tea leaves. This is professionally known as TASSE‐O‐GRAPHY, and also includes reading  coffee grounds and wine sediments.   Anyone for tea, coffee or a glass of wine? I’m dying to tell your FUTURE!!  Bette Howard  BRISBANE WEST GROUP  Page 25


Topic: Choose a letter of the alphabet and prepare a 3 minute talk. The letter I chose was the letter “L” and as I considered what to talk about it became  obvious that the choice was an absolute limitless list of “Ls”. I chose NOT to talk about the  Meaning of Life or Lessons in Love or Lemurs or Llamas or Lovers or Liars. Lounge Lizards,  Lazy Louts, Layabouts. Lemons or Limes, Literary Launches, Ladies who Lunch on Lobster  and Lattes. Lessons and Learning in Latin and Logic. Living and Leaving, Looking and Lurking,  Lolling and Lurching. Long Legs, Loose Lips, Lavender, Lilly, Lulu and Lois, Lichtenstein,  London, Latvia and Laos.   

Instead I gained inspiration from last month’s Poetry Day at Helen’s and decided on  Laughter and Limericks. A limerick is a short, fun poem with a distinctive rhythm. The first,  second and fifth lines are longer than the third and fourth lines. The longer lines rhyme with  each other and the shorter lines rhyme with each other.     

I googled Funny Limericks and was presented with a long list of Limericks which I did not  consider to be amusing at all. Then I googled Rude Limericks, OK I did laugh at a few of these  but some were truly appalling. I’ve chosen these two which I hope will cause Laughter and  not offense.   

There was a young girl from Rabat,  Who had triplets Kat, Pat and Tat.  It was fun in the breeding,   But hell in the feeding,  As she found she had no tit for Tat.    There was a young woman named Jill,  Who lit dynamite just for a thrill.  They found her vagina   In South Carolina  And bits of her tits in Brazil.   

In honour of the occasion I have attempted one Limerick myself:   

They came from near and afar  To attend meetings of NWR.  They laughed and they ate  After noisy debate,   On Topics both sane and bizarre.    Pamela Madden  Illawarra Day Group 

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HEARTFELT MOMENTS IN HISTORY    The day this man was born, humanitarian history was made.   Fred Hollows got things done. He always pushed for change – he had the ideas and the talent. Fred  believed that the basic attribute of mankind was to look after each other.  Fred Hollows was born on 9 April 1929 in Dunedin, New Zealand. Originally, he studied to be a  minister, but a summer holiday at a health facility opened his eyes to a different way of thinking.  After graduating, Fred began assisting eye surgeons, then moved to the UK to specialise in this area.  He returned to Australia in 1965 and became the Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the  University of NSW.  In 1968, after seeing two Aboriginal men at his clinic, Fred was asked to visit their camp in the NT.  The poor standard of health was a shock – particularly in eye health. He couldn’t believe people live  in these conditions in Australia. He was disturbed by the huge number of children and adults  suffering from blinding trachoma, a disease rarely found in the rest of Australia. This gave Fred the  desire to fight for better living conditions for indigenous Australians.  Fred met Gabi in 1970. A few years later they worked together on the National Trachoma and Eye  Health Program. This journey took them to over 465 indigenous communities in Australia. The  beginning of their lifetime partnership to drive change in Australia’s own backyard and undeveloped  countries of this world had begun. Fred and Gabi had 7 children.  In 1985 Fred visited many overseas countries. There was a need for factories to produce affordable  intraocular lenses. The lenses were expensive to manufacture in Australia, but cheap and accessible  when made in Nepal and Eritrea. These factories have produced millions of lenses and are a  continuing reminder of Fred’s enduring impact.  Fred was diagnosed with cancer but was determined to keep pushing for change. In the last few  months of his life, he discharged himself from hospital to fly to Vietnam to train over 300 eye  specialists in modern eye surgery. In the last week of his life he gave his final interview from his  hospital bed. Fred was interviewed by his mate, Ray Martin, on 60 Minutes. This interview is still so  fresh in my mind for 2 reasons: firstly, prior to this interview, I had not known that Ray Martin was  part Aboriginal; and secondly, because it was such a heartfelt interview between great mates.  Fred died on 10 February 1993 and was given a state funeral. He had asked to be buried in Bourke  where he had a great affinity with the people of the land. Five weeks after Fred’s death, Gabi  travelled to Vietnam to let them know that the Fred Hollows Foundation would continue with Fred’s  work.  Gabi is one of Australia’s 100 Living National Treasures. She has since re‐married but is still known as  Gabi Hollows. Fred and Gabi’s last‐born children were twins, who also work tirelessly at the  Foundation. The Foundation is Fred’s legacy and is working in more than 25 countries. It has  restored eyesight to more than 2 million people worldwide. Fred Hollows’ work continues in the  same way it started – by just getting on with it.    Veronica Masko  BRISBANE WEST GROUP   

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The End of the Road   by Monique Rüeger, Eastern Suburbs Group 22/09/18  The noise of the children playing cricket and riding their bicycles in  the cul‐de‐sac has died down. Forever. The houses in Eurimbla  Avenue are empty. The one at the end of the road was the home of  our friends Jenny and Peter. The home where they lovingly raised  their family and lived for almost 40 years.  Looming behind the houses is the big Randwick hospital. The ever  present threat of expansion is becoming reality. The houses of the  cul‐de‐sac will be demolished, the trees will be chopped down and  lovingly tended gardens churned up to make place for a state of the  art new emergency facility.   The tight‐knit community who used to hold street parties at  Christmas is dispersing. People are saying farewell to their long time  neighbours.   Like many, our friends are experiencing an emotional roller‐coaster.  Sadness, resignation, new hope. I have decided to get my paints and  brushes out of retirement and surprise them with a painting of their  house. I call it 'Eurimbla, the end of the road'. Eurimbla Avenue will  be erased from the map. It is the end of the road.   But the street and its community won't be forgotten. A small group  of local historians, of which I am a member, has decided to record  the oral history of the residents.  They spent many hours gathering  stories and photographs and they are in the process of producing a  small book. It will be available to anybody interested in local  history. Good reading matter! Some surprises too...  My painting struck a chord and our friends have become my  'agents'. I have the privilege to have been commissioned (first time                                                                                 in my life!) for more by other owners. A nice personal memento.       Jenny organised a last NWR lunch in her house. Many of our  group were present. Not me, but my painting was there. The  welcoming home at the end of the road will live on and so  will the happy memories of times spent there.    

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Before you get out of bed… deep breath… and S T R E T C H… focus on your “frame of mind”. Are you feeling calm? Did you sleep well? Have that glass of water to cleanse your system… picture that water washing away the unwanted things, inside and out That warm shower and sweet-smelling soap fill your senses with good things and psychologically motivate your ambitions for the day What colour is it for you today… soft or vibrant? Feminine clothes or sporty? Subtle perfume or sassy? COFFEE !! Mmmm. Another smell that revs the senses and the taste buds. You are ready for the day. Make it a good one! LOOK OUT of the window… walk outside and feel the weather… sunshine, wind or rain drops B R E A T H E and take in your day… DEEP BREATH! Don’t do the washing today ! Take charge of the demands of the daily routine… decide what is absolutely necessary… NO STRESS If the day looks inviting… get out the door for at least 2 hours, to a place that gives you joy, before too much day has lapsed FIND SOMETHING DIFFERENT… shells at the beach, the sound of a bird not heard before, the fluffiness of a cloud in the sky SMILE… better still LAUGH… be creative in your mind about what’s around you. Be amused respectfully BE THANKFUL. There’s such a lot to say “thank you” for, even through the rough times… You have experienced LIVING… the good, the hurtful and everything in between. You have had a LIFE. You have LOVED and been loved. Your life has definitely been ENRICHED… ongoing. It’s all up to YOU Bev Shaw Page 29




Margaret Patterson

Trish Crimean





Trish Copeland

Monique Rueger – National Secretary (General)



PUBLIC OFFICER: Lyn Hazell – Minute Secretary

Bev Kearney bev.kearney@optusnet.com.au


LOCAL ORGANISERS 2018 New South Wales


Eastern Suburbs Group

Boroondara Group

LO: Kate Strachan Email: kate.l.strachan@gmail.com

LO: Glenyse Pianta Email: gpianta@me.com

Illawarra Day Group LO: Trish Copeland Email: trishcopeland@bigpond.com Illawarra Evening Group LO: Beverly Shaw Email: shaws111@bigpond.com

Western Australia Kalamunda

(currently Independent Member)

LO: Di Sankey Email: disankey@hotmail.com

Independent Members The Hills Group Joint LOs: Bep Kleiberg & Michelle Middendorp

Helen Jones Email: helronjones@gmail.com

Email: bep1@tpg.com.au Email: m.michele@y7mail.com

Bev Kearney Email: bev.kearney@optusnet.com.au

Queensland Brisbane West LO: Rose Ellwood Email: yourmamarosa@yahoo.com.au

Jenny Quint Email: jquint@optusnet.com.au

Sunshine Coast Morning Group LO: Robyn Tait Email: taitfamily@powerup.com.au

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NWR e-Newsletter 2018  

The National Women's Register Australia has a number of groups across the country and the Newsletter is a report on their yearly activities.

NWR e-Newsletter 2018  

The National Women's Register Australia has a number of groups across the country and the Newsletter is a report on their yearly activities.